#1
Hey there
I've been using Line Spider 6 IV + POD x3 LIVE since ages but I finally decided to go for a head+cab.
I've got Synyster Schecter Custom and Ibanez S570, playing rather hard rock and metal. Seeking for something that would get as much from those as 600-1000$ gear can.
Already thought of a Bugera 6262, 333XL or Peavey VK 100 and a few Marshalls. But still I can't decide. Which of those would be in your opinions the best and why? And what else would you prefer if You had to chose something below 1000$?

Thank you
#3
Look for a used peavy 6505+. Great tones for metal/rock. They're 1200 new so you should be able to get one for under 1000 used. As for cabs a 6505+ will make just about anything sound good. You'll want a tube screamer and a noise suppressor to go along with the head just to get that perfect tone.

6505+ http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/peavey-6505-plus-120w-guitar-amp-head/481432000000000
Ibanez TS9 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-ts9-tube-screamer-effects-pedal/150284000000000
ISP Decimator http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/isp-technologies-decimator-noise-reduction-pedal/150368000000000
Cheap Cab http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-is412c-4x12-guitar-speaker-cabinet

**EDIT: Sorry, just realized my recommendations will put you well over 1000. If you take your time and look used you should be able to find everything you need for under 1k. Depending on where you live of course.
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Last edited by IcanHasBass at Oct 18, 2011,
#4
IcanHasBass, why would you recommend a $275 POS cab for a $1200 head?

To the TS, what kind of metal are you talking about? And why limit yourself to a head and cab. A 50-60w 1x12 combo is more than enough power for gigging. You have quite a few options if you're willing to go used.

You should be able to pair up a nice v30 2x12 cab (used mesa 2x12 rec, orange, avatar) with a pretty good used head (carvin v3m, peavey JSX, peavey 6505 etc etc) for $1000.
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#5
I've never spent a lot of time with Marshalls, but I've owned the others on your list and a 5150 (same as a 6505). You can dial in a great metal tone with any of those three amps. I currently use a Valveking head for my band and I'm completely satisfied with it. Probably the best bang for your buck as far as metal tones go.

Bugeras sounds great too, the 6262 has good metal tones and amazing cleans imo. I was actually just thinking about getting one again. The only reason I got rid of my first one was because when they first came out they had quality control issues and mine died on me. I think they fixed those issues though.

Someone else mentioned a 6505. It's also a great amp. It's pretty much the industry standard for metal along with Mesa Rectifier and Mark series. The 6505/5150 isn't known for it's cleans but they are certainly passable. Not bad sounding at all.

To be honest, if you plan on using your clean channel as well as the heavy channel and like saving money... I would go with the Bugera. Maybe it's just cause I've been wanting one lately but I really miss their tone.

EDIT: To DarthV, personally I think you need a 4x12 or at least a 2x12 if you're gonna be playing shows. 1x12s might get as loud but they just don't push as much air and fill the room as well. And especially because it's metal, you might be playing some shows with an unmic'ed cab. I know I've had to.
Last edited by Metro Gnome at Oct 18, 2011,
#6
Jet City JCA 50/100h and a 2x12 or 4x12. the JCA100 and 4x12 are $100 new for the 1/2 stack on most US based websites under "stacks"
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Quote by Robbgnarly
Jet City JCA 50/100h and a 2x12 or 4x12. the JCA100 and 4x12 are $100 new for the 1/2 stack on most US based websites under "stacks"

That's not even close to true. A Jet City halfstack would run about $700-800.
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Quote by Metro Gnome
EDIT: To DarthV, personally I think you need a 4x12 or at least a 2x12 if you're gonna be playing shows. 1x12s might get as loud but they just don't push as much air and fill the room as well. And especially because it's metal, you might be playing some shows with an unmic'ed cab. I know I've had to.


Well since volume and sound pressure are pretty much the same thing, the pushing air thing doesn't make much sense. At the same SPL, you'll be moving the same amount of air. But the soundstage & projection (not to mention the low end thump from the larger cab) from a 2x12 or 4x12 will definitely be better than a 1x12!

But the TS didn't mention if this was for home use or for gigging. For home use, he's get more of an amp for his money with a combo than with a head + cab with the same budget. The choice between a bugera 6262/333xl or valveking + cheap 2x12 or 4x12 cab and getting a JSX 2x12, I'd take the JSX 212! You can always hook it up to a 4x12 cab down the road if needed.

We need a lot more info before begin able to figure out what would be his best bets. If he's willing to go used (and patient), he should be able to get a pretty damn nice setup for $1000 with head/cab or a combo.

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https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1387138

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#9
JCA100
JSX
Carvin V3
5150/6505

Should be able to get a decent cab. If you're going new you'll need to stretch the budget $100-$200 for the last two though.